Governor Wolf Announces the Closure of PA Schools for the Remainder of the 2019-2020 Academic School Year, April 9, 2020
Governor Wolf's Announcement
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**District Announcement April 29, 2020 at 2:00 PM**
Important Update Regarding COVID-19 and School Closure
Virtual Learning Schedule for May 2020
Dear Avonworth Parents and Caregivers,
I hope this message finds you doing well. It is hard to believe that we are in the seventh week of virtual learning. With May arriving on Friday, we will head into this coming weekend with four more weeks of virtual learning ahead. I am confident our teachers, paraprofessionals, and administrators will continue their efforts to make the most of this challenging situation for all of our students through our virtual learning program.
Please make note of the schedule below which will be our virtual learning schedule for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.
As you will note in our May schedule, Seniors will have their last day of school on May 22, and students in grades K-11 will have their last day of school on May 29. We will continue to have Act 80 days on Mondays in May and virtual learning will occur for students Tuesday through Friday each week in May.
Ending the school year virtually will be challenging for all students as the end of a school year is usually filled with many special events and celebrations. The ending of the 2020-2021 school year will be most difficult for our senior class. These students and their families have spent the last thirteen years waiting for this important milestone. Mrs. Dwulit has partnered with staff and several parents to plan several innovative ways to celebrate our seniors. We also remain committed to holding a graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020. I am hopeful that we may be able to hold some form of a traditional event, but we also are sensitive to following the recommended guidelines from our health professionals. Mrs. Dwulit will continue to keep the senior class and their families informed regarding all of the important events for our seniors.
The first week in May is also Teacher Appreciation Week. I’d like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to all of our teachers for the amazing job they have done all school year, but especially for the professionalism, courage, and determination shown to ensure they provided our students with the best possible education as we were forced to transition to a virtual learning program. I hope you can find time to share a thank you with our staff next week as we celebrate their commitment to the District’s children.
Lastly, I’d like to remind you that there are links to resources available on our District’s Coronavirus Webpage that you may find useful if your child is struggling with the life changes and/or the transition to virtual learning that has occurred because of this crisis.
Thank you for your continued support!
Please stay safe and healthy!
Thomas W. Ralston
Superintendent of Schools
Avonworth School District
In addition to this school closure, the Avonworth School District will be suspending all school-related events indefintely. This includes all athletic games, practices, and meetings. If the opportunity presents itself, we will do our best to reschedle events. However, at this time, all events are either canceled or postponed.
The Avonworth School District will continue to monitor this situation closely and will respond immediately to any changes that occur and/or any direction provided by the Allegheny County Health Department, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Pennsylvania Department of Education or Centers for Disease Control.
To protect yourself and your community, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following precautions be taken to reduce the spread of germs.
- Washing hands multiple times a day for at least 20 seconds with soap and water (Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available)
- Covering coughs or sneezes with your elbow or use a tissue (Do not use your hands!)
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Cleaning touch-surfaces frequently, including counter tops, light switches, cell phones and remotes
- Encouraging fist and elbow pumps over handshakes and high-fives
- Not sharing food or drink
- Staying home if you are sick and for at least 24 hours after a fever
Our teachers and nurses continue to reinforce behaviors of good hygiene with our students. Our custodians have increased their efforts by disinfecting surfaces and door knobs on the interior and exterior doors throughout the day.